Popovich, Joan Marie (nee Tyack)
July 4, 1928 – September 25, 2017
Age 89 of Roseville, born in Ashland, WI passed away peacefully with family by her side. Joan grew up in the Upper Peninsula Michigan where she developed a love of nature and the outdoors. Here she also met her future husband. She married Bob Popovich in 1952. They raised three children in the Twin Cities and enjoyed 62 years of marriage before Bob passed in 2014. Joan Tyack graduated from Michigan State College and was a member of Tri-Delt sorority of which she maintained her affiliation throughout her life. She was an active member of the altar guild at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Roseville. Joan was an art teacher prior to starting her family. Although she left the profession to focus on raising her children, art remained an integral part of Joan’s life. She enjoyed drawing, painting, and artistically crafting beautiful landscaping, flower arrangements, and a variety of other creative endeavors. Over decades, she won numerous awards for her flower arrangements. Joan’s flower arrangements allowed her to combine her love of nature and art. Joan’s priority was her family and she took great joy in raising her children and watching them spread their wings. She looked forward to and thoroughly enjoyed their many visits. Joan delighted in hearing about her children’s and grandchildren’s activities, accomplishments, and interests. She will be deeply missed. Joan is survived by children Jim (Marie) of Crystal Lake, IL, Jane (Bill) Marshall of Albany, OR, and Mike of Roseville, MN; and grandchildren Clayton, Rose, and Alice Marshall, and Maggie and Guinevere Popovich. She is also survived by her sister Jane Steinmann of Evanston, IL as well as extended family. Joan was preceded in death by her husband Bob, granddaughter Ava Marshall, parents Marie and Stanley Tyack, and sister Geraldine McDonald. A celebration of Joan’s life will be held Saturday, October 14 from 10 am-noon at Como Park Streetcar Station building, 1224 Lexington Pkwy N, St. Paul. (Published in the Pioneer Press on Oct.1, 2017).